People from High Point, North Carolina

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  1. Fantasia Barrino

    Fantasia Barrino


    Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984) known by the mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, actress, and author. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations in 2006.

  2. Adam Lazzara

    Adam Lazzara


    Adam Burbank Lazzara (born September 22, 1981) is the lead singer of the American rock band Taking Back Sunday. Along with singing lead vocals, Lazzara occasionally plays guitar and harmonica.

  3. Adam Petty

    Adam Petty


    Adam Kyler Petty (July 10, 1980 – May 12, 2000) was a professional racing driver. He was the first fourth-generation driver in NASCAR history.

  4. Luke Appling

    Luke Appling


    Lucius Benjamin "Luke" Appling (April 2, 1907 – January 3, 1991), nicknamed "Libby" and "Old Aches and Pains" was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Chicago White Sox (1930–50). He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.

  5. Adrian Wilson

    Adrian Wilson


    Adrian Lemar Wilson (born on October 12, 1979) is a former American football safety in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. Wilson also played for the New England Patriots.

  6. David Witt

    David Witt


    David Witt (born High Point, North Carolina, June 2, 1973) is an American former professional tennis player. He enjoyed a successful junior career, during which time he won the USTA Boys' 16s Clay, Hard and National Championships and was the top-ranked under-16 in the USTA in 1989. He was also a semi-finalist at the US Open Junior Boys Singles event in 1991.

  7. Dan Medlin

    Dan Medlin


    Daniel Ellis Medlin (born October 12, 1949 in High Point, North Carolina) is a former American football Guard who played for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League between 1974 and 1976 and again in 1979. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers between 1977 and 1978. He played 76 games in 6 seasons in the NFL. He was a member of the 1976 Super Bowl champion Oakland Raiders. He is now a teacher at the Thomasville NC Middle school

  8. David "Junior" Lee Robinson III

    David "Junior" Lee Robinson III


    David Lee Robinson Jr. (February 3, 1968 – September 30, 1995) was an American professional football defensive back who played in the National Football League (NFL), the World League of American Football (WLAF), and the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played for the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions of the NFL, the Sacramento Surge of the WLAF, and the Sacramento Gold Miners and Memphis Mad Dogs of the CFL. Robinson played collegiately at East Carolina University.

  9. Ted Brown

    Ted Brown


    Thomas Edward "Ted" Brown (born February 15, 1957) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the late 1970s and 1980s. Brown played college football for North Carolina State University, where he was recognized as an All-American. He was a first-round pick in the 1979 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Brown's son, J. T. is currently a forward with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.

  10. James H. Burnley IV

    James H. Burnley IV


    James Horace Burnley IV (born July 30, 1948) is an American politician and lawyer. He served as the United States Secretary of Transportation from 1987 until 1989, during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.

  11. Maxwell R. Thurman

    Maxwell R. Thurman


    Maxwell Reid Thurman (February 18, 1931 – December 1, 1995) was a U.S. Army general, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and former commander of United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.

  12. Cliff Bolton

    Cliff Bolton


    William Clifton Bolton (April 10, 1907 – April 21, 1979) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers. He was born in High Point, North Carolina.

  13. Ryan Blaney

    Ryan Blaney


    Ryan Blaney (born December 31, 1993 in Cortland, Ohio) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 29 Ford F-150 for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series as well as the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske in the Xfinity Series, and No. 21 Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers Racing in the Sprint Cup Series on a partial schedule. He is the son of NASCAR driver Dave Blaney. He is nicknamed "Cool Blaney".

  14. Heather Richardson

    Heather Richardson


    Heather Richardson (born March 20, 1989) is an American speed skater who has competed since 2006. She is a native of North Carolina. She represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where she finished 6th in 500 metres, 9th in the 1000 metres, and 16th in the 1500 metres. At the 2011 World Single Distance Championships in Inzell, Germany, she won a bronze medal in the 1000 metres. She also placed 8th in the 500 metres, and was part of the team pursuit team that finished in 8th place. On January 26–27, 2013, Richardson won the gold medal at the 2013 World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City, United States.

  15. Jim Paschal

    Jim Paschal


    James Roy "Jim" Paschal, Jr. (December 5, 1926 – July 5, 2004) was a NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup driver.

  16. Dick Culler

    Dick Culler


    Richard Broadus Culler (January 15, 1915 – June 16, 1964), known outside of professional baseball by his middle name, was an American pro baseball player who appeared in 472 Major League games (primarily as a shortstop) for the Philadelphia Athletics (1936), Chicago White Sox (1943), Boston Braves (1944–47), Chicago Cubs (1948) and New York Giants (1949). The native of High Point, North Carolina, stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 155 pounds (70 kg).

  17. Tony Baker

    Tony Baker


    Tony Ferrino Baker (born June 11, 1964) is a former professional American football running back. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the tenth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. He played college football at East Carolina.

  18. Johnny Evans (American football)

    Johnny Evans (American football)


    John Albert Evans, Jr. (born February 18, 1956) is a former professional American and Canadian football punter and quarterback and current radio sportscaster for the North Carolina State Wolfpack football team. He is also the Eastern NC Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He played his college career for NC State where he led the team to an 8-4 record his senior season, and was named MVP of the 1977 Peach Bowl. He completed 3 years in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and 3 years in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes. Since 1996 he has been the radio color commentator for NC State football. He is the father of quadruplets, two of whom played football for NC State.

  19. Ray Hayworth

    Ray Hayworth


    Raymond Hall Hayworth (January 29, 1904 – September 25, 2002) was a catcher in Major League Baseball. From 1926 through 1945, Hayworth played for the Detroit Tigers, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and St. Louis Browns. He batted and threw right-handed.

  20. J.D. Hayworth

    J.D. Hayworth


    John David "J. D." Hayworth, Jr. (born July 12, 1958) is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007 from Arizona's 5th congressional district. He hosted a conservative talk radio program on KFYI in Phoenix until January 2010, when he resigned due to his run for Senate.

  21. Anthony Dean Griffey

    Anthony Dean Griffey


    Anthony Dean Griffey (born February 12 in High Point, North Carolina) is an American opera singer. With his lyric tenor voice, Griffey has become a regular presence on the stages of opera houses and concert halls around the world. Griffey has been noted for his outstanding acting talent in addition to his remarkable voice. 2007 he starred alongside Audra McDonald and Patti Lupone in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Los Angeles Opera, the recording of which won two Grammy Awards. In the 2005 edition of Musical America Griffey was cited as one of twelve young singers of distinction. Griffey was honored as an inductee into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2011. In the spring of 2015 Griffey was appointed as Professor of Voice at the Eastman School of Music.

  22. Marty Snider

    Marty Snider


    Marty Snider (born July 15th, 1969) is an American sportscaster, currently working for NBC Sports and Turner Sports. On air, Snider is known for his jovial nature and has been critically acclaimed for his interviewing skills.

  23. Mickey Hawks

    Mickey Hawks


    David Michael "Mickey" Hawks (July 17, 1940 – August 31, 1989) was an American rockabilly singer and pianist, whose best remembered record, "Bip Bop Boom", has been included on many compilations of the genre after years as a collectible record.

  24. Cathy Johnston-Forbes

    Cathy Johnston-Forbes


    Cathy Johnston-Forbes (born December 16, 1963) is an American professional golfer.

  25. Nadia Moffett

    Nadia Moffett


    Nadia Shirin Moffett (born 1985) is an American beauty queen who is best known for winning the title of Miss North Carolina USA 2010 and competing in the nationally televised Miss USA 2010 beauty pageant.

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